From my daily browsing and reading time, I selected ten links that I found interesting both in the cultural and digital realms (and at their intersection). As you will see, the subjects vary from Vivienne Westwood, to Artificial Intelligence (namely ChatGPT) to Stop Oil protests. This is a weekly feature, on every Monday. I hope you enjoy it.
- Celebrating Vivienne Westwood (1941–2022)
Michael Costiff, John Foley, Pam Hogg and Princess Julia pay tribute to the pioneering fashion designer and activist
- Twelve architecture projects to look forward to in 2023
To kickstart the new year, we take a look at 12 of the most interesting and unusual architecture projects expected to complete in 2023, including the renovation of a brutalist pyramid and a forest-like library.
- Nowatch is a health-focused smartwatch that doesn’t tell the time
A screen-less smartwatch has launched at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), promising to improve health and reduce stress without becoming a distraction.
- Where the AI Art Boom Came From—and Where It’s Going
In the past year algorithms got a lot better at generating illustrations, art, and photo-real scenes. Next up? Video.
- British Museum’s hopes of a ‘loan arrangement’ for the return of the Parthenon Marbles imperilled ahead of Greek elections
The Greek prime minister has pledged to repatriate the 2,500-year-old sculptures if re-elected
- Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Gets Her First Solo Show at Jeffrey Deitch, Where Attendees Are Instructed to Wear Balaclavas
The activist artist continues the collective’s protest against Russia’s authoritarian regime.
- ChatGPT Has Investors Drooling—but Can It Bring Home the Bacon?
The loquacious bot has Microsoft ready to sink a reported $10 billion into OpenAI. It’s unclear what products can be built on the technology.
- Instagram Has Removed an Illustration From Cardi B’s Account After the Artist Threatened to Sue for Copyright Infringement
The rapper shared the image with a photo of herself dressed like Marge Simpson in a Thierry Mugler dress—an homage to Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo’s work.
- Is There a Future for Just Stop Oil’s Art Protests?
It’s unsurprising that the climate justice wars have moved from streets into galleries. But can these actions build any meaningful connection to large-scale organizing?
- Artificial intelligence and the circular economy will dictate design in 2023
Designers including Philippe Starck and Titi Ogufere share their predictions for 2023’s major design trends, from the continued rise of AI to how inflation could impact the industry.
If, during your travels through the Wild Wild Web you find a link that catches your attention, let me know. I’ll take a look and, if I also find it interesting, it will make the following week’s list.
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